September 30, 2011

Book Club Friday

Last week I talked about the second book in this trilogy. This week it's #3:

The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet's Nest - Steig Larsson
"The stunning third and final novel in Stieg Larsson’s internationally best-selling trilogy.
Lisbeth Salander—the heart of Larsson’s two previous novels—lies in critical condition, a bullet wound to her head, in the intensive care unit of a Swedish city hospital. She’s fighting for her life in more ways than one: if and when she recovers, she’ll be taken back to Stockholm to stand trial for three murders. With the help of her friend, journalist Mikael Blomkvist, she will not only have to prove her innocence, but also identify and denounce those in authority who have allowed the vulnerable, like herself, to suffer abuse and violence. And, on her own, she will plot revenge—against the man who tried to kill her, and the corrupt government institutions that very nearly destroyed her life. Once upon a time, she was a victim. Now Salander is fighting back."

The third book in the trilogy is essentially part 2 of the second book - can't have one with out the other. If you skip the 2nd and go onto the 3rd, you'll be completely lost. If you don't bother with the 3rd after reading the 2nd, you are much better at not getting closure than am I, because that's what this book has to offer - major, major closure to this entire series.
Not sure if I even need to say this but the book started a bit slow. It was interesting because you weren't trying to be captivated by an entirely new story but I wasn't struggling to put it down either. I was seriously impressed by the character development of Lisbeth Salander (the protagonist) partly due to the obvious changes from when we were introduced to her, but mostly because it was just so believable despite the range.
Without getting into too many details, I can assure that this book gives your the conclusion & closure you would want from this fantastic trilogy.
Conclusion: You can't  read it!


September 28, 2011

Pinteresting Wednesday


My day has been random-all-over-the-place craziness and this Pinteresting post will therefore also be random.

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i think someone might like this for Christmas ;)

September 23, 2011

Book Club Friday

Last week I talked about the first book in this trilogy. This week it's #2:

The Girl Who Played with Fire - Steig Larsson
"Part blistering espionage thriller, part riveting police procedural, and part piercing exposeé on social injustice, The Girl Who Played with Fire is a masterful, endlessly satisfying novel. Mikael Blomkvist, crusading publisher of the magazine Millennium, has decided to run a story that will expose an extensive sex trafficking operation. On the eve of its publication, the two reporters responsible for the article are murdered, and the fingerprints found on the murder weapon belong to his friend, the troubled genius hacker Lisbeth Salander. Blomkvist, convinced of Salander's innocence, plunges into an investigation. Meanwhile, Salander herself is drawn into a murderous game of cat and mouse, which forces her to face her dark past."
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I was unsure as to how the second book would begin because the first one ended so nice & neatly that I didn't feel the story could be continued with any kind of smooth & cohesive transition. Guess what - the transition was pretty smooth. I noticed that this book also started fairly slow and I needed to get to the middle for it to pick up & make me not want to put it down. I enjoyed that there were much more personal revelations about Lisbeth, which I was even curious about while reading the first novel. What I found to be a big surprise was *semi-spolier*  the major cliffhanger ending!
Conclusion: Surely Recommend

September 16, 2011

Book Club Friday

So I'm finally linking up with Heather's Book Club! I've been meaning to do this for a while but as much of my last few posts say - I've been busy. But also, I'm much more excited about sharing this now that I'm done the trilogy. The best part is my friend is going to hook me up with the Swedish movies before I go out to watch the Hollywood version.

Today I'm sharing:
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo - Stieg Larsson
"Once you start The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, there's no turning back. This debut thriller--the first in a trilogy from the late Stieg Larsson--is a serious page-turner rivaling the best of Charlie Huston and Michael Connelly. Mikael Blomkvist, a once-respected financial journalist, watches his professional life rapidly crumble around him. Prospects appear bleak until an unexpected (and unsettling) offer to resurrect his name is extended by an old-school titan of Swedish industry. The catch--and there's always a catch--is that Blomkvist must first spend a year researching a mysterious disappearance that has remained unsolved for nearly four decades. With few other options, he accepts and enlists the help of investigator Lisbeth Salander, a misunderstood genius with a cache of authority issues. Little is as it seems in Larsson's novel, but there is at least one constant: you really don't want to mess with the girl with the dragon tattoo."

I didn't want to get into this trilogy originally because I don't like following the crowd. But ultimately everything else I wanted was checked out of the library that day so I went for it. Amazing decision. I really enjoyed this book (the whole trilogy really) because the writing was so different. In many aspects, you could tell it was written in a foreign language then translated but that made the book that much more interesting. I'm a big fan of crime & mysterious (ie: Grisham-type novels) and this book full-filled that entirely! The twists & turns, how you could never take anything at face value and the ultimate revelations made this page-turner once you got past the first half. Only because the first half was so much back story which you needed to be filled in on in order to get the story moving.
Conclusion: Definitely Recommend

September 13, 2011

The movie trailer I've been waiting for!

If you've looked at my 2011 Book List you've seen that the Steig Larsson's "The Girl Who..." trilogy has been the highlight of this year. And there's been talk about the movie for SO long that it's been killing me. Well guess what I saw a preview for tonight?! That's right, the first movie is on it's way!

But it's been recommended to me to watch the Swedish movies first, so I will be doing that soon - only 30 pages left of the last book! - and I'll be sure to let y'all know what I think!

September 12, 2011



September 9, 2011

Foto Friday

Ok so this is not a 'foto' per se, but I sure hope it makes your day like it made mine!
Happy Weekend!

September 7, 2011

Pinterest Wednesday


Random faves from my Pinterest. It's still pretty empty but I'm workin' on it!

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September 5, 2011

Happy Birthday Freddie Mercury!

This icon holds a very special place in my heart because he was integral to the development of my love for classic rock. This man died far too early in life but made a mark like no other.
Thank you Google for recognizing Freddie <3

Upon clicking, this turns into an animated video of "Don't Stop Me Now" by Queen :)

September 4, 2011

Summer pressure: off

One of my favesies, Bree of .simply girly., hit the nail on the head with her most recent post and this pic:

That's what I've been saying all August - it's just been so so crazy that I want it to end. So much so that I'm really mostly taking it easy on this very last weekend of 'true' summer & doing chill things in addition to some alone time. At this point, my alone time = cleaning time though. LOL Lucky for me, the weather isn't that great - very humid & mostly cloudy - so I don't have to feel guilty about not being outside doing summer things.

How are y'all marking the end of the summer season?

September 2, 2011

Foto Friday

Just what I've been waiting for...
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